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Another Award Book

A few weeks ago I read a book for the Whitney Awards. Here are my thoughts on another one! I’ve read a few of Shannon Hale’s books, and in general I enjoy them. This one…isn’t my favorite. The premise is cool! After dropping out of high school to go to Broadway and bombing it, Josie

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Why I’m Loving The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

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There are some shows / books / movies that I immediately fall in love with. This is one of those shows. Not because it has an outstanding plot, or the best characters ever (although I do like the characters), or even because it continues the MCU. I love this show because…camaraderie. Sure these guys seem

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Books Up for Awards

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We have a local-ish writing conference that hosts the Whitney Awards. Since I write YA speculative and adult sweet romance I’ve been reading the finalists in both of those categories. I just finished this one. I’m not normally into creepy ghosts stories involving dolls, but I LOVED it! Seriously, one of the best “What the

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Plotting: Main Character

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I’m working on a romantic comedy for my Karly Stratford pen name at the moment, and I thought it might be fun to share my process for building characters. I usually come up with the idea for the story first, then the characters. Some people do the opposite. Neither way is “right” and neither way

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